Valparaiso University's Nic Kooyers (Holland, Mich./Holland H.S.) has been named the Mid-Continent Conference Player of the Year while teammates Joe Venegas (Saint Charles, Ill./North H.S.) and Mike Wagner (Ann Arbor, Mich./Pioneer H.S.) each were named to All Mid-Con Teams as well when the league announced its year-end awards on Wednesday.
The most successful men's tennis season in more than a decade came to a close on Friday morning as Valparaiso dropped a 4-2 decision to Western Illinois in the semifinals of the Mid-Continent Conference Tournament held in Macomb, Ill.
Crusader junior Nic Kooyers (Holland, Mich./Holland) has been named Mid-Continent Conference Athlete of the Week for the second straight week after a perfect weekend at the Valparaiso University Tennis Complex.
Valparaiso clinched second place in the Mid-Continent Conference and assured itself of its first winning season in over a decade as the Crusaders defeated IUPUI 6-1 on Saturday afternoon at the Valparaiso University Tennis Complex to close the regular season.
Despite having to endure a two-hour rain delay before starting the match, the sun came out and shone brightly on Valparaiso Friday afternoon at the Valparaiso University Tennis Complex, as the Crusaders swept UMKC 7-0 as the Brown and Gold won their seventh match in their last eight outings.
Valparaiso remained perfect at the newly opened Valparaiso University Tennis Complex while remaining in the hunt for a Mid-Continent Conference title as the Crusaders defeated Centenary 6-1 on Thursday morning.
Valparaiso University's Nic Kooyers (Holland, Mich./Holland H.S.) has been named the Mid-Continent Conference Athlete of the Week after helping the Crusaders go 3-1 last week, including a pair of league victories.
Valparaiso saw its five-match winning streak come to an end on Sunday morning as the Crusaders dropped a tight 4-3 decision to Oral Roberts in Tulsa, Okla. in a battle of the two remaining unbeatens in conference play.
For the second straight day Valparaiso's Mid-Continent Conference battle came down the final match and for the second straight day the Crusaders prevailed as the Brown and Gold won its fifth straight match defeating Western Illinois 4-3 on Saturday afternoon in Tulsa, Okla.
Valparaiso opened up Mid-Continent Conference action on Friday afternoon in Tulsa, Okla. with a thrilling 4-3 victory over Chicago State for the Crusaders' fourth straight victory and seventh win in their last nine outings.
Valparaiso University's David Bukowski (Mount Prospect, Ill./Prospect H.S.) has been named the Mid-Continent Conference Athlete of the Week after guiding the Brown and Gold to victories over Dayton and Wisconsin-Green Bay over the weekend.
Valparaiso opened the new Valparaiso University Complex on Friday afternoon and the Crusaders atoned for a loss in doubles by sweeping the six singles matches as the Brown and Gold defeated Dayton 6-1 on a blustery afternoon.
Valparaiso University's Nic Kooyers (Holland, Mich./Holland H.S.) has been named the Mid-Continent Conference Athlete of the Week after notching a perfect 3-0 singles mark and a 2-1 record at doubles last week on the Crusaders' spring trip in Florida.
Valparaiso rallied from a 3-2 deficit to post victories at the top two singles spots as the Crusaders defeated Flagler, the seventh ranked team in the nation in NAIA, 4-3 on Thursday afternoon in Saint Augustine, Fla. as the Brown and Gold closed its spring trip.
Valparaiso posted wins at the top of the lineup in both singles and doubles, but Binghamton was able to win at the lower positions as the Bearcats defeated the Crusaders 5-2 in Kissimmee, Fla. on Wednesday morning.
Valparaiso yielded just five games total to Wagner on Monday morning as the Crusaders earned their first victory of the 2006 spring season with a 7-0 shutout over the Seahawks in Kissimmee, Fla. to kick off the annual spring trip.
After finishing the 2005 regular season in second place in the Mid-Continent Conference and advancing to the title match of the league tournament, hopes are high for the Valparaiso Crusaders as the Brown and Gold are set to begin the 2006 campaign.
Valparaiso University's men's tennis team has been picked to finish in second place behind five-time defending champion Oral Roberts in the Mid-Continent Conference in preseason balloting done by the league's head coaches.
Nic Kooyers (Holland, Mich./Holland H.S.) put up a valiant effort in the second round of qualifying at the ITA Regional Championships in Ann Arbor, Mich., but fell in three sets to 14th seeded Robert Rotaru of Louisville. The doubles team of Kooyers and Mike Shideler (Valparaiso, Ind./Munster H.S.) rallied to within one point of the tenth seeded Ilini team, but could not even the score, falling 8-6.
Nic Kooyers (Holland, Mich./Holland H.S.) was victorious in his first round qualifying match at the ITA Midwest Championships on Thursday in Ann Arbor, Mich. but teammate Mike Shideler (Valparaiso, Ind./Munster H.S.) was not as fortunate in his contest.
Valparaiso University's Nic Kooyers (Holland, Mich./Holland H.S.) has been named the Mid-Continent Conference Athlete of the Week after posting a combined 5-2 record over the weekend at the Windy City Invitational.
Valparaiso took the courts of Chicago State for the first round of play at the Windy City Invitational Friday in Chicago, Ill. The Crusaders, who faced off with members of the Ferris State team, earned at least one win in every singles flight.
Valparaiso University sophomore Mike Shideler (Valparaiso, Ind./Munster H.S.) was named the Mid-Continent Conference Athlete of the Week after combining to go 4-2 in singles and doubles on the weekend at the Bradley Invitational.
Daniel Brunette (Carmel, Ind./Lutheran H.S. of Indianapolis) and Alex Lau (Bloomington, Minn./Jefferson Senior H.S.) saw their run through the consolation draw of the C flight doubles come to an end as the duo dropped the final match 8-5 to a pair from IPFW.
Day two of the Ball State Fall Invitational saw Valparaiso's doubles teams garner some success on Saturday, as the Crusaders had two duos advance to the consolation draw finals of their respective flights.
Valparaiso University head men's tennis coach Jim Daugherty has announced that the Crusaders will play in four events during the 2005 fall season in addition to an exhibition tournament against Valpo alumni players.